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The Sportswriter by Richard Ford
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Feb 06, 09

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Read in January, 2009

I grew up in suburbia and my suburban community was even given a nod in The Sportswriter. As an adult I have struggled to stay out of suburbia. The place where I lived was as soul numbing as you can imagine. Nothing happens in suburban communities to inspire greatness, they simply lull your life away into nothingness. All is numbness.

That's what Frank realizes. That's why I actually sort of liked the guy. I know Vicki. She lived on the next block over from me. I know Walter too. My S.O.'s kid goes to Grinnell. I'm sure I must of met him there. I feel his pain.

The Sportswriter was like looking at photographs of a trainwreck in a place I know well involving people I know well. It shook me to the core. I realized that I may have moved away from suburbia physically, but I've been living my life as a sportswriter. Suburbia still has a firm grip on me. I never knew this about myself before.

I can understand why some readers don't like this book, but for those of us who understand the characters it's a fascinating and painful read.
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Ruth Mcdermott Hi there

I see you have reviewed The Sportswriter, which makes you an ideal person for me to ask if you would you like to put a question to Richard Ford himself about his book? BBC World Book Club is interviewing him on 19th April and would love to hear from you. If you could email me at as soon as you can with your question about the book (anything - doesn't have to be particularly clever!), we can either arrange for you to talk to the man himself, or have our presenter put your question to Richard for you. Then you get to hear your question on World Service Radio! Please get in touch soonest, including where you are in the world and contact details.

Thanks, and all the best.

Ruth McDermott, BBC World Book Club

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